~ISAT UAY, -JANUAUY 5, 1946 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Cagers Face Illini; Sextet Seeks Seventh Vi
Quintet Seeks Sixth Win;
Hope to EndBig Ten Jinx
Champaign Five at Full Strength for Contest
After Recent Win over Strong De Paul Team
NEWS + VIEWS + COMMENT
By BILL MULLENDORE, Sports Editor
By HANK KEISER
Gunning for its sixth win of the
season, and its first of the new year,
Michigan's basketball team faces a
highly-touted Illinois quintet today
at 7:30 p.m. on the Yost Field House
The Wolverines will be fighting for
their first Big Ten win, having
droppedra pair of matches to Ohio
State and Indiana. Oosterbaan's
men, however, have piled up five non-
Conference victories in previous tilts
with Central Michigan, Michigan
State, Western Michigan, Great
Lakes and Utah.
Illini Boasts Seven Wins
Illinois' visiting aggregation will
step on the floor tonight with a rec-
ord of seven wins and three losses
behind them. The three squads that
downed them only managed to top
the Illini by a composite total of 10
To Begin in '46
CHICAGO, Jan. 4 -(UP)- The All-
America Football Conference today
voted to start operations in 1946 with
an eight-club league, playing a 14-
game schedule on a home-and-home
The new league, opening a three-
day organizational meeting, deferred
acceptance of a tenth entry and Bal-
timore agreed to table its franchise
for the inaugural season.
points; Ohio State and Wright Field
taking the Orange and Blue by
four-point margins, while Iowa, de-
fending Conference champs, edged
them out by two.
In addition, the Champaign men
scored an upset when they toppled the
powerful Blue Demon five of DePaul,
56-37, last Dec. 29. All this, in the
eyes of pre-game dopesters, seems to
point to a rugged time for the Wol-
verines this evening. The Orange and
Blue are reported to be a smooth-
working team, with plenty of speed
and a keen eye for the basket.
Illinois' head basketball coach,
Doug Mills, will start a young, but
experienced squad against Michigan,
consisting of forwards Hal Craig and
Bob Doster, Jack Burmaster and Jim
Seyler at the guards,tand Robert
Rowe in the center berth.
Eft.-7 in. Center
Rowe, Illini center, will be the "big
man" on the floor tonight with 6 ft.
7 in. of height working to his ad-
vantage. Craig and Doster both mea-
sure 6 ft. even; Seyler, the squad's
shortest man, hits 5 ft. 11 in., and
Burmaster stands 6 ft. 2 in.
A g a i n s t this lineup, Wolverine
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan will pit
John Mullaney and Glen Selbo, for-
wards; Dave Strack and Pete Elliott
at the guards, and Bob Harrison,
Michigan's high-scorer to date, in
the pivot position. Walt Kell, Marty
Feinberg, Bill Walton, Wes Muelder,
Bob Baker and Hal Westerman will
be around to handle assignments
later in the game.
SORTING AND RUNNING DOWN the myriad rumors currently circulating
about various members of the Michigan coaching staff is a full-time job
these days. And the returns, in terms of concrete, verifiable, authenticated
facts are discouragingly small.
The rumor mill has been producing at a truly prodigious rate ever
since it was first reported that Line Coach Clarence L. (Biggie) Munn was
considering acceptance of an offer to assume head football coaching duties
at Syracuse University. Since then, the names of Backfield Coach Earl
Martineau and Basketball Coach Bennie Oosterbaan have also been dragged
into the picture.
Munn has been the source of a vast number of reports. At one
stage, he was said to have definitely turned down the Syracuse offer.
Later, that was denied. Now, it is said that he already has signed a
contract, but is, for reasons unknown, withholding the announce-
ment. Variations of these two stories are legion.
As far as we have been able to find out, Munn has still to arrive at any
decision. We have that quotation from Munn himself, who ought to know.
We also have been informed by Munn that various reports relating to
'contract terms, possible successors, etc., have not emanated from him,
and'are inaccurate as far as he is concerned. All of which would seem to
prove that sundryisports writers have gone off the deep end in so-called
REGARDING REPORTS that Munn will take Martineau to Syracuse with
him, we have been able to establish no foundation for them in fact.
The recurring rumor that Oosterbaan will give up his duties as basketball
mentor to devote allhis time to football also seems to be nothing but
conjecture. None of the men involved, or the administration of the ath-
letic department, have confirmed a single one of these rumors.
We are not denying the possibilities of any of them. As a matter of
pure speculation, based on the best evidence we have been able to secure,
we are inclined to believe Munn will accept the Syracuse offer, probably
within the next few days. As for Martineau's status, we don't know enough
to make an intelligent guess.
The Oosterbaan story has come up repeatedly during the past three
years. On the face of it, it carries some logic, owing to the peculiar
circumstances under which Oosterbaan must defer his basketball coach-
ing until after the football season is over, making it impossible to handle
the cage squad from the beginning.
The man most prominently mentioned as Oosterbaan's successor is Tony
Hinkle, formerly of Butler and now of Great Lakes. Hinkle, say those who
also believe Martineau will leave, might take over the backfield coaching
duties here as well. No mention of possible successors to Munn has yet
Admittedly, there is some logic to this maze of whispers. Some of it,
all of it, or none of it may eventually prove true. But, as yet, it still must
be classed as entirely speculation. Frankly, we feel that some of our col-
leagues have gone slightly overboard in this always risky phase of the sports
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After the all-campus wrestling
tournament that immediately preced-
ed the Christmas vacation, the 1946
grapplers are finally rounding into
shape in preparation for their first
dual match of the season against the
University of Indiana on Jan. 19, in
According to Coach Cliff Keen, this
tournament was a complete success
and shed some light on the future
prospects of this year's team and also
indicated the better performers of the
squad. The winners in the several
weight divisions are still maintaining
their preferred positions in the prac-
tice sessions. However, the positions
are never closed, and the "inside
man" can always be replaced upon
being beaten by a teammate.
The limited squad is very thin at
some weights, including the 135 and
145 pound divisions. There are about
35 men trying for positions, but Coach
Keen stated that he is still accepting
Several varsity footballers are
wrestling in the heavier classes. These
include Stu Wilkins and Dan Dwor-
sky, who wrestle in the heavyweight
division, and George Chiames at 175
Somemen have shown exceptional
progress. Among them are Wayne
Smith, 145-pounder, a freshman from
Iowa, and Dale Richardson, a 136
pounder. Neither of these men have
had previous wrestling experience, as
is the case with most of this season's
The inter-squad matches for reg-
ular berths will be held next week
to round out the opening card for
Indiana on the eighteenth.
CHICAGO, Jan. 4 -P)- Thifd
baseman Tony Cuccinello, who was
nosed out of the American League
batting championship on the closing
day of the 1945 season, today was
given his unconditional release by
the Chicago White Sox.
300-yard medley relay - Won by
Great Lakes (Weedan, Soldberg, Ris) ;
second, Michigan (Matters, Metcalf,
Weinberg). Time 2:59.4.
220-yard free-style--Won by Mann
(M) ; second, Gastineau (GL) ; third
Moss (M). Time 2:15.9.
50-yard free-style - Won by Bur-
ton (GL); second, Fries (M); third,
Girdes (GL). Time :23.8.
Low-board diving - Won by Canja
(M) ; second, Evans (M) ; third,
Quaintance (GL). Points: 339, 302.9,
100-yard free-style - Won by Ris
(GL); second, Fries (M); third,
Weinberg (M). Time :52.3.
150-yard backstroke-Won by Wee-
dan (GL); second, Metcalf (M);
third, Robertson (GL). Time: 1:40.4.
200-yard breaststroke - Won by
Soldberg (GL); second, Sohl (M));
third, Kessler (M). Time: 2:33.7.
440-yard free-style-Won by Mann
(M); second, Gastineau (GL); third,
Adams (M). Time: 4:55.1.
400-yard free-style relay - Won
by Great Lakes (Girdes, Johnson,
Burton, Ris) ; second, Michigan (Moss,
Tittle, Fries, Weinberg). Time: 3:32.7.
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